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Head Online for Advice on Heart Attack

New U.S. National Institutes of Health Web site is aimed at seniors

SATURDAY, July 22, 2006 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults concerned about preventing, detecting and properly treating a heart attack have a brand-new resource: the U.S. National Institutes of Health's "NIHSeniorHealth" Web site.

The initiative is a joint project of the U.S. National Institute on Aging and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

"Each year, more than one million people in the U.S. have a heart attack," Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, director of the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), said in a prepared statement. The NHLBI developed the content for the heart-attack section on NIHSeniorHealth.

"The more people know about making healthy lifestyle choices to prevent heart attack, recognizing symptoms early and seeking treatment promptly, the better the chances of reducing or even eliminating permanent damage to the heart. NIHSeniorHealth now provides this information in a senior-friendly format," Nabel said.

NIHSeniorHealth features short, easy-to-read segments of information that Internet users can access in a variety of formats, including large-print, open-captioned videos and audio clips. Clinical trials, nutrition, and falls are among the other new topics that will soon be added to the site.

More information

Here's where you can find NIHSeniorHealth.

SOURCE: U.S. National Institute on Aging, news release, July 2006
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